NEW YORK – A shocking video released by the NYPD shows how an argument on social media escalated into a brutal assault in Queens on Wednesday afternoon.
According to authorities, two victims, aged 14 and 15, were in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on Springfield Boulevard in Queens Village at around 4:15 p.m. on Monday when they were attacked by another group of teenage girls.
Police say that the victims were punched, kicked, and at one point even had a stun gun used on them during the attack.
During the attack, an unknown suspect took a backpack belonging to one of the victims, which had $50, an ID, and $120 AirPods inside.
The victims suffered pain, swelling, and bruising to the head and body, as well as scrapes and lacerations. They were taken by EMS to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where they were treated and released.
The NYPD arrested three teenage girls, aged 14, 16, and 17, in connection with the attack, charging them with second-degree assault and harassment.
Police also released video of a fourth suspect who allegedly stole the backpack.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.